The Great Southern Trendkill = Studio album by Pantera
Released: May 7, 1996
Recorded: Chasin Jason Studios, Dallas, Texas; vocals recorded at Nothing Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana
Genre: Groove metal, thrash metal
Label: East West
Producer: Terry Date, Vinnie Paul
The Great Southern Trendkill is the eighth studio album by Pantera. It was released in May 1996 through East West Records. It reached #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Due to tension within the band, Phil Anselmo recorded the vocals alone at Trent Reznors Nothing Studios in New Orleans; Dimebag Darrell, Rex Brown and Vinnie Paul recorded the music at Chasin Jason Studios in Dallas, Texas.
“Floods”, the albums longest song, contains a guitar solo considered by many to be Dimebag Darrells finest. Guitar World magazine voted it as the 15th greatest guitar solo of all-time, Dimebags highest ranking of three solos to make the list (the other two being his solos from “Cemetery Gates”, ranked 35th, and “Walk”, ranked 57th).
The Great Southern Trendkill features some of the fastest tempos and most down-tuned guitars that the band ever recorded. It also has a more experimental nature to its songs, such as the acoustic guitar and keyboard-laden “Suicide Note Pt. I”.
Unlike Pantera’s first three major label albums, the vocals are often double tracked and layered to create a more “demonic” effect. An example of this can be heard in the chorus of “13 Steps to Nowhere”, when Phil Anselmos singing voice is backed up by high pitched screaming, done by Seth Putnam of the band Anal Cunt.
The lyrics tackle topics such as Anselmos hate for the media (“War Nerve”), suicide (“Suicide Note Pt. I”), drug abuse (“10s”, “Living Through Me (Hells Wrath)”) and the end of the world (“Floods”), and Anselmos view on trends (“The Great Southern Trendkill”, “Sandblasted Skin”).
Melody Maker (5/25/96, p. 49) – “It makes my brain hurt, my eyes water and my genitalia retract like a startled turtle. I cannot think of higher recommendation, considering the kind of album it is. If it made me feel all warm and gooey or tearful and lovelorn, then it would be a pitiful failure by its own lights.”
Spin (7/96, p. 96) – “…mature speed metal and perfect summer fun: twisted power ballads, rap-style toasting, almost radio-worthy melodies, plus all the right jackhammer drum jolts, wrestler bellows, and guitar lurch…”
All songs written and composed by Pantera.
No. Title Length
1. “The Great Southern Trendkill” 3:46
2. “War Nerve” 4:53
3. “Drag the Waters” 4:55
4. “10s” 4:49
5. “13 Steps to Nowhere” 3:37
6. “Suicide Note Pt. I” 4:44
7. “Suicide Note Pt. II” 4:19
8. “Living Through Me (Hells’ Wrath)” 4:50
9. “Floods” 6:59
10. “The Underground in America” 4:33
11. “(Reprise) Sandblasted Skin” 5:39
Total length: 53:01
Philip Anselmo lead vocals
Dimebag Darrell guitar, backing vocals, 12 string acoustic guitar on “Suicide Note Pt. I”
Rex Brown bass, backing vocals
Vinnie Paul drums
Produced, Recorded, and Mixed by Terry Date and Vinnie Paul
Co-Produced by Pantera
Also Recorded by Ulrich Wild
Seth Putnam (Anal Cunt) – Additional vocals on “The Great Southern Trendkill”, “War Nerve”, “13 Steps to Nowhere”, and “Suicide Note Pt. II”.
Big Ross – Keyboards on “Suicide Note Pt. I” and “Living Through Me (Hells Wrath)”
Chart (1996) Peak position
Australian Albums Chart 2
Austrian Albums Chart 14
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 22
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia) 19
Dutch Albums Chart 61
Finnish Albums Chart 4
German Albums Chart 33
New Zealand Albums Chart 15
Norwegian Albums Chart 14
Swedish Albums Chart 7
Swiss Albums Chart 37
UK Album Chart 17
The Billboard 200 4
Country Certification Date Sales certified
U.S. Gold June 25, 1996 500,000
U.S. Platinum August 17, 2004 1,000,000